News Nosh 4.9.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday April 9, 2017
News Nosh will be off for Passover from Monday April 10th through Monday April 17th. Chag Sameach!

Quote of the day:
“Incremental tyranny [is a process] which means you live in a democracy and suddenly you understand it is not a democracy any more. This is what we are seeing in Israel. The tragedy of this process is that you only know it when it is too late.”
--Former Shin Bet chief Ami Ayalon told a small group of journalists ahead of an event he attended in support of Breaking the Silence.*

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • The Trump strike – Following the US bombing in Syria: tension between the superpowers
  • Just a signal // Alex Fishman
  • Hit and run // Orly Azoulay
  • A good word // Sever Plocker
  • What we achieved // Alon Pinkas
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom

News Summary:
The Israeli newspapers on Sunday discussed reactions and possible effects of the US attack on Syria, noted that another billionaire testified against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in the graft case and shared news relating to Passover, including the fact that 80,000 people are flying out of Ben-Gurion airport today to spend the holiday abroad.
The Israeli cabinet discusses today whether to accept and treat Syrian children refugees, while Israel, the rebels, and Arabs and Sunni Arab countries lauded US President Donald Trump for his bombing of the Assad army air base. Nevertheless, Syrian authorities said planes were already operating out of the base a day later. However, besides Russia and Iran, Hezbollah condemned the attack saying that it will only “increase the tension in the region and serves Israel's interests.’
The newspapers were filled with Passover-related stories ahead of the Passover seder tomorrow, when Jewish Israelis sit down at the Passover table to celebrate being liberated from the ancient Egyptian slavery. Barely mentioned was that tonight Israel will put a closure on all crossings between Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank with exceptions for special circumstances and humanitarian cases. Many poor Israelis are being provided with food packages to get through Passover holidays.
Meanwhile, far right-wing messianic Jews, who are working on building the third Jewish Temple are releasing a video calling on Muslims not to come to the Temple Mount to pray in order to allow Jews to make a sacrifice on the eve of Passover. 
While the police are not allowing that to take place, they did allow for the first time a group of right-wing Jews to hold a reenactment ceremony of the Passover sacrifice inside the Old City.
Quick Hits:
  • Israeli Archaeological Dig Forces 25 East Jerusalem Residents to Evacuate Homes - City declares the building unsafe and moves the residents to a hotel for one day; Then they were told that they would not be able to stay there. "Our home was ruined, it is impossible to live there any longer…We have nowhere to be," said one resident. (Haaretz+ and Maan)
  • *Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ami Ayalon: "(Far right-wing activist, Itamar) Ben-Gvir and his colleagues have a great deal of control over IDF activity" - The former Shin Bet head said that Israelis are ignoring the reality in the (Palestinian) territories and stated that Breaking the Silence had sent a report showing its findings to the chief of staff. "We do not have the luxury of not listening to them," said Ayalon. (Maariv Online and The Guardian)
  • Israeli planes spray pesticides on Palestinian farmlands in southern Gaza - Israeli forces continued spraying pesticides on Palestinian farm lands along the border with Israel, causing fear among farmers that their crops would be damaged, as has been the case in the past. (Maan)
  • Israeli authorities uproot 150 olive trees in Salfit for 'damaging view of nature reserve' - Mayor of the nearby village of Deir Istiya said the uprooted trees were between two and fours years old, and the Israeli forces also destroyed a 40-meter-long dry-stone wall in the area. (Maan)
  • Family of slain soldier want his murderer ‘to rot in jail’ - Sgt. Elchai Teharlev’s told Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who visited mourning family in Talmon (settlement); they share stories of a young man whom they describe as being good-natured and calm and who was murdered whilst drinking a cup of coffee at a bus stop. (Yedioth/Ynet
  • IDF storm terrorist's family's home - Security forces storm the homes belonging to extended family of Malak Hamed, who killed a soldier in a vehicular attack Thursday; his brother was arrested, and 6 stolen vehicles were seized along with NIS 40,000 that served to fund terrorism. (Ynet
  • American-Israeli bomb hoax suspect made millions selling fake papers on dark web, police believe - Suspect sold fake passports, I.D.s and travel visas online, was paid in bitcoin, police believe. (Haaretz+)
  • Israeli Arab Party Fails to Condemn Assad's Gas Attack in Syria, Slams U.S. Strikes - Haaretz has learned that following the attack, there was an attempt to publish a condemnation in the name of the Joint Arab List. However, opposition by the Hadash party, one of its members, prevented its publication. (Haaretz+)
  • Google discovers 'Israeli' spy app designed to hack smartphones - Google discovers what they consider to be the most dangerous android malware yet, used to track information of calls, messages and internet history as well as spy on people through their smartphones' camera and microphone; an Israeli company is suspected of creating it. (Ynet
  • State-funded Group Raising Money to Fight Against Coed Israeli Army Units - A right-wing group raising money for a nationwide PR campaign against mix-sex units is headed by the director of Jerusalem’s Har Hamor Yeshiva, which receives millions of government funding every year. (Haaretz
  • Legal aid offered to women seeking military exemption - An organization which objects to women serving in the military is now offering legal counsel for religious women who are seeking military exemption due to religious observance. (Ynet
  • Haredi IDF soldier egged and cursed in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim - The violence towards ultra-Orthodox Jews who elect to report for military duty continues in Jerusalem with residents of the Haredi neighborhood screaming and hurling eggs at a Givati soldier. (Ynet
  • IDF's new paramilitary courses for Jewish and Arab teens - The amount of Jewish teens who can undergo the IDF's special paramilitary course in real combat training bases is set to increase; in addition, a new paramilitary course for Arab teens is established, offering both Muslims and Christians the chance to experience military service. (Ynet)
  • Israelis killed and hurt in terror attacks abroad to be recognized as terror victims - Until recently the law recognized as terror victims only victims of attacks that specifically targeted Israelis or Jews. (Haaretz+)
  • Israel Returns Recently Discovered Remains of Jordanian Soldiers From 1967 - East Jerusalem site held a Jordanian military post in the Six-Day War. (Haaretz+) 
  • MFA unhappy: Unser Diplomat spricht kein Deutsch
  • Israel’s next ambassador to Germany doesn’t speak German, and he was picked over plenty of other candidates who did. Sources inside the ministry say English alone won’t cut it. (Yedioth/Ynet
  • WATCH Film on Arab Boy's Unlikely Friendship With Israeli Ex-soldier Sets Guinness World Record - The movie has been shown at 60 festivals in 36 countries and won 24 prizes, says Tel Aviv University’s Steve Tisch School of Film and Television. (Haaretz+ +VIDEO)
  • Russia says it would recognize West Jerusalem as Israeli capital in deal with Palestinians - In a modest shift, Moscow goes beyond expressing support for East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state to affirm Israeli claims to the western part of the city (Haaretz
  • Potential Abbas successor talks peace but refuses to condemn terrorism - At Upper East Side event Jibril Rajoub dodges renouncing recent statements lauding Palestinian terrorists for murdering Israeli civilians. (Haaretz+) 
  • PA Workers in Gaza Take to Streets to Protest 30-percent Cut in Salaries - ‘There is a hidden war that tens of thousands of people and their families are paying the price for,’ says PA official in Gaza about conflict between Palestinian Authority and Hamas. UN envoy 'deeply concerned' over growing unrest following cuts. (Haaretz+ and Maan
  • With healthcare faltering in Gaza, care in Israel is sought after - For many patients suffering from life-threatening diseases in the Gaza Strip, treatment in neighboring Israel or the West Bank is a much sought-after option, but Israel tightly restricts Palestinian passage amid security concerns, as does Egypt in the south. (Agencies, Ynet)
  • Israeli settler attempts to run over Palestinians near Hebron - Two Palestinians from the Hebron-area village of Beit Ummar were lightly injured Friday after an Israeli settler attempted to run them over on a main road connecting the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Jerusalem. An Israeli army spokesperson said they were looking into reports. (Maan
  • Longest-serving Palestinian prisoner to join upcoming mass hunger strike - Karim Younis, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, announced that he would join a mass hunger strike on April 17, organized by Fatah-affiliated prisoners and led by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi. (Maan
  • Sit-in held at Beit Jala hospital against alleged medical negligence, corruption - Palestinians called for Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad to step down over allegations of rampant medical negligence at the hospital and lack of accountability in the medical community at large. (Maan
  • Celebrated Palestinian poet Ahmad Dahbour dies at 71 - Renowned Palestinian poet Ahmad Dahbour was born in Haifa in 1946, in present-day northern Israel. After the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948, his family moved to Lebanon, and then to Homs refugee camp in Syria where Dabhour grew up. He continued to live in exile until he relocated to Ramallah in 1996. (Maan

Don’t Get Involved in Syria (Haaretz Editorial) Israel shouldn't be discussing buffer zones with Syria when the international community doesn't even recognize the Golan Heights as Israeli territory 
Not just America First: Trump's change of policy is not good for Netanyahu (Shlomo Shamir, Maariv) For Israel, the bombing is also a warning signal to Iran and Hezbollah. But in the long run it does not bode well. If the world is first, then the Palestinian problem is part of the world.
Will Israel Be a Casualty of U.S.-Russian Tension After Trump’s Missile Attack? (Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz) Putin might want to prove that an attack on Russia’s ally has implications for America’s ally. But Israel needs coordination with Russia over Syria’s skies 
Each one of us can help a wounded Syrian child (Dr. Salman Zarka, Yedioth/Ynet) If every Syrian child, woman and man, who return to their homeland after their life was saved in Israel, treasure in their hearts the human encounter with people they used to consider enemies, we may be able to dream of a better future for our children and for theirs.
The Main Reason for the Next Gaza War (Ofri Ilany, Haaretz) For elite military men there’s apparently no greater blow than the cancellation of a mission they’re primed to carry out. This adolescent frustration, whether of a current or former officer, can determine the fate of millions 
Syria is a complete failure of the West’s non-intervention policy (Nadav Eyal, Yedioth/Ynet) Assad and Putin are demonstrating to the world the power of unrestrained, brutal and goal-fixated force. The international bodies, which were supposed to block and disrupt the use of such force, are paralyzed because of a basic structure which gives Russia the power to veto and because of American indetermination.
The Right Is So Strong Because the Left Is So Weak (Zeev Sternhell, Haaretz+) The opposition in Israel is a pathetic and ineffectual group that believes imitating the right is the only way of returning to power 
The US administration gave Assad a red line: The US will not allow the use of chemical weapons (Maj. Gen. (res.) Eliezer (Cheney) Marom, Maariv) The latest developments are certainly positive for Israel and weaken the Shi'ite axis headed by Iran, but Israel must do all it can to avoid military involvement in the Syrian quagmire. 
Show Us the Dying Children (Iris Leal, Haaretz+) The only thing that could evoke a wave of emotions that might lead the world’s citizens to demand that their leaders take action in Syria is being kept out of sight 
Why I Forced Myself to Look at Uncensored Photos of Kids Gassed in Syria (Sayed Kashua, Haaretz+) Each camp levelled charges against the other. In the TV studios, commentators debated what needed to be done. But I kept hoping it's a ruse – that the Syrian children weren’t really dead
Why Israel must not intervene in Syria just yet (Yossi Yehoshua, Yedioth/Ynet) With all the grief over the loss of lives, especially of innocent children, Israel should weigh its options carefully and responsibly and ask itself whether its strategic and tactical situation has changed in light of Tuesday’s suspected chemical attack, and whether it requires a ground invasion or ‘noisy’ Air Force strikes against Assad’s army. 
Why Did Israel Do Nothing About Syria? (Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz+) There is no comparison between the Holocaust and the Syrian war, but history will ask the same questions about our lack of action 
Blacklists: When Our Fellow Israel Defenders Go Too Far (Kenneth Waltzer and Mark G. Yudof, Haaretz) We're deeply opposed to BDS. But we're also concerned when defenders of Israel, like AMCHA, embrace the very strategy – of blacklisting and boycotting – they lament and oppose 
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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